Halep tops Petkovic for first grand slam final

17:54, Jun 05 2014
Simona Halep
MAIDEN FINAL: Simona Halep battled past Andrea Petkovic in two sets to face Maria Sharapova in the women's French Open final.

Simona Halep reached her first grand slam final when she beat Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-2 7-6(4) in the semi-finals of the French Open on Thursday (local time).

The Romanian fourth seed, who will face 2012 champion and last year's runner-up Maria Sharapova on Saturday, blazed through the opening set as her 28th-seeded opponent struggled with early nerves.

She fell a break down in the second but recovered to force a tiebreak which she always controlled.

Halep, who has yet to drop a set, ended the contest on her first match point with yet another forehand winner.

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Reuters